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Microsoft wouldn't be Microsoft without Microtransactions

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posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 06:43 PM
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Here she comes, the backbone of Microsofts Xbox strategy to make money with the new Xbox Live for Xbox 360. Charging for every little thing you do on Xbox Live via Microtransactions. Here's the list of all the details.

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Pictures for 360 gamer profiles will begin at 20 points ($0.25) for games such as Amped 3, Call of Duty 2, and Gun. However, gamers who want logos from their favorite NFL and FIFA teams on their profile will have to pay three times as much, or 60 points ($0.75) a pop. Madden NFL 06 will offer a collection of team-logo game pictures for 500 points ($6.25), while various non-sports titles will feature bundles of five pictures for 80 points ($1).


XBOX LIVE MARKETPLACE

Amped 3 (2K Sports)
--Game Trailer (free)
--10 Gamer Pictures (20 points each = $0.25 each)
--1 Theme (150 points = $1.87)

Call of Duty 2 (Activision)
--Game Trailer (free)
--7 Gamer Pictures (20 points each = $0.25 each)
--2 Gamer Picture Bundles (40-80 points each = $0.50-$1 each)
--1 Theme (150 points = $1.87)

Condemned: Criminal Origins (Sega)
--Game Trailer (free)
--10 Gamer Pictures (20 points each = $0.25 each)
--1 Theme (150 points = $1.87)

FIFA 06: Road to 2006 FIFA World Cup (Electronic Arts)
--Game Trailer (free)
--EA Sports Trailer (free)
--Game Demo (free)
--FIFA Team Logo Gamer Pictures (60 points each = $0.75 each)
--FIFA Team Logo Themes (150 points each = $1.87 each)

Gun (Activision)
--Game Trailer (free)
--5 Gamer Pictures (20 points each = $0.25 each)
--1 Gamer Picture Bundle (80 points = $1)
--1 Theme (150 points = $1.87)

Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios/Rare)
--Winter Warrior Pack (200 points = $2.50)
--Game Trailer (free)
--Game Demo (free)
--4 Gamer Pictures (20 points each = $0.25 each)
--2 Gamer Picture 5-pack Bundles (80 points each = $1 each)
--7 Themes (150 points each = $1.87 each)

Madden NFL 06 (Electronic Arts)
--Game Trailer (free)
--EA Sports Trailer (free)
--NFL Logo Gamer Pictures (60 points each = $0.75 each)
--Collection of All NFL Logo Gamer Pictures (500 points = $6.25)
--NFL Logo Themes (150 points each = $1.87 each)

NBA 2K6 (2K Sports)
--Game Trailer (free)

NBA Live 06 (Electronic Arts)
--EA Sports Trailer (free)
--Game Demo (free)

Need for Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts)
--Game Trailer (free)
--Game Demo (free)

NHL 2K6 (2K Sports)
--Game Trailer (free)

Perfect Dark Zero (Microsoft Game Studios / Rare)
--Game Trailer (free)

Peter Jackson’s King Kong (Ubisoft)
--Game Demo (free)
--Game Trailer (free)

Project Gotham Racing 3 (Microsoft Game Studios and Bizarre Creations Ltd.)
--Game Trailer (free)

Quake 4 (Activision / id / Raven)
--Game Trailer (free)
--7 Gamer Pictures (20 points each = $0.25 each)
--1 Theme (150 points = $1.87)

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (Electronic Arts)
--EA Sports Trailer (free)

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (Activision)
--Game Trailer (free)
--10 Gamer Pictures (20 points each = $0.25 each)
--1 Gamer Picture Bundle (80 points = $1)
--1 Theme (150 points = $1.87)

XBOX LIVE ARCADE

--Bankshot Billiards 2 (1,200 points = $12.50)--PixelStorm
--Bejeweled 2 (800 points = $10)--Popcap
--Gauntlet (400 points = $5)--Midway
--Geometry Wars Evolved (400 points = $5)--Bizzare Creations
--Hardwood Backgammon (400 points = $5)--Silver Creek
--Hardwood Hearts (400 points = $5)--Silver Creek
--Hardwood Spades (400 points = $5)--Silver Creek
--Joust (400 points = $5)--Midway Home Entertainment
--Mutant Storm Reloaded (800 points = $10)--PomPom
--Outpost Kaloki (800 points = $10)--Wahoo
--Robotron 2084 (400 points = $5)--Midway
--Smash TV (400 points = $5)--Midway
--Wik: Fable of Souls (800 points = $10--Reflexive
--Zuma (800 points = $10)--Popcap

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The whole article is available at
www.gamespot.com...


This is the main reason I am unwilling to support the Microsoft and the Xbox.




posted on Nov, 16 2005 @ 11:11 AM
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OMG not $1.87!!!!!!!11!



personally I have no problem with this as long as it helps maintain servers and badwidth/ access



posted on Nov, 16 2005 @ 06:31 PM
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Originally posted by articulateka0s
OMG not $1.87!!!!!!!11!



personally I have no problem with this as long as it helps maintain servers and badwidth/ access


Perhaps if you weren't already paying for Xbox Live and had already bought the game itself. That and it's Microsoft in a multi-billion dollar industry. All the touted features of Xbox Live aren't so great if you have to pay for each individual use. All the stuff we can do for free on ATS -- which is miniscule in comparison -- costs money on Xbox Live.



posted on Nov, 16 2005 @ 07:42 PM
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. All the touted features of Xbox Live aren't so great if you have to pay for each individual use.


When has M$ ever said they would institute a pay to play model on all their online games(rather then just MMOs and the Live service itself)? They haven't as they know it would be economic suicide. PS3's plans are much much worse. They plan on "tethering" games to specific consoles so you cannot even play it on any other console(online play that is, single player would not be effected supposedly)

Right now XBOX is Microsofts least profitable business which is still deep in Red ink. I don't blame them for trying to milk it, doesn't make me want to buy a 360 but then again I'm a computer gamer.

[edit on 16-11-2005 by sardion2000]



posted on Nov, 18 2005 @ 02:47 PM
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Originally posted by sardion2000


. All the touted features of Xbox Live aren't so great if you have to pay for each individual use.


When has M$ ever said they would institute a pay to play model on all their online games(rather then just MMOs and the Live service itself)? They haven't as they know it would be economic suicide. PS3's plans are much much worse. They plan on "tethering" games to specific consoles so you cannot even play it on any other console(online play that is, single player would not be effected supposedly)

Right now XBOX is Microsofts least profitable business which is still deep in Red ink. I don't blame them for trying to milk it, doesn't make me want to buy a 360 but then again I'm a computer gamer.

[edit on 16-11-2005 by sardion2000]


In terms of just playing online, the $50 per year covers that, and I simply think that should pretty much cover anything you do on Xbox Live (except Xbox Live Arcade). And yes, Sony's plan is much worse.



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